Gianni Infantino has been elected for second term as president of the football’s world governing body FIFA in Paris on Wednesday.
The 49-year-old Swiss-Italian was the only candidate, so his election was never in doubt, and the traditional vote was replaced with a round of applause at FIFA’s 69th Congress.
In his closing speech, Infantino thanked the delegates from FIFA’s 211 member associations for their support and promised he would to be active in continuing to develop the game and protect football.
Among his priorities are the creation of more youth competitions, a continued push on women’s football, and more investments in technology and the organisation of a “world convention on football development”.
Reflecting on how far FIFA has come in three years and four months, Infantino said: “Today nobody is talking about crisis, nobody is talking about rebuilding from scratch, nobody is talking about corruption.
“We have turned things around. FIFA has gone from being toxic, almost criminal, to what it should be, an organisation that develops and cares about football.”